Pataua Bar

Quality Rating: 
8
Wave Type: 
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
2.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Hollow
Barrels
Long
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
SW
Tide: 
All
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Crowd Level: 
6
Danger: 
Rips and river currents. Shallow break

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Description: 

Pataua Bar is a right hand river mouth bar break on a golden sand beach. The bar creates a hollow drop in, with a long, fast barrel. Break can change depending on sand movement, tide and river flows. It can be fairly shallow and river mouths can often have strong currents, so watch out. Best suited for Intermediate to expert surfers.

Directions: 
From Whangarei, head north on Bank Street and continue north on Mill Road, then turn right onto Whareora Road. At Whareora turn right onto Pataua North Road, all the way to Pataua. At Pataua turn left onto Aubrey Road, then turn right onto Te Whangai Head Road and find a park at the end. Walk out onto the beach and check the river mouth break.
Nearest Town: 
Whangarei
Nearest City: 
Whangarei
Travel Time from City: 
30mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
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